photography: Sabine A. Rusted *
The Creative Minds * September 2010
Anemone japonica is a flowering plant that resembles a daisy. It has short oval petals that cover a bright yellow seedling. The seedlings are unique in the fact that they have short hairs that surround the center of the seed pod. These are also seedlings but they are more pronounced then the original center. These types of flowers can come in pink and a slight burgundy color but are mainly seen in a white color with a yellow seedling center.
The anemone japonica is a herbaceous perennial. Its height can reach a full 4 foot and it can spread out a full 2 foot because of its foliage. It blooms its flowers at the end of summer to early fall and its stems are longer and less sturdy then other types of flower stems. But it has dark green foliage and many leaves to cover and protect these stems.
Growing the anemone japonica is simple but you must give them ample room. Unlike most flowers that stand straight up and don’t need extra room in between them, the anemone japonica needs a lot of room to spread out. Each plant produces so many flower buds and leaves that you will have to set them apart a full 2 feet so that they can thrive and be healthy.
Since the foliage for these anemone japonica plants are so thick you may want to think twice before placing them around any other thick foliaged plant. Some flower plants have little foliage near the ground and these would be a perfect companion for these flowers. If the ground foliage is too thick in any area it will not be very attractive but the plants water and root systems will be in constant competition for water and nutrients. This can take a toll on any plant.
You can start these plants from seedlings or you can also purchase separate plants from your home and garden center. Either way, they are easy to grow and maintain. If you do start out with seedlings, make sure that you give the new plants at least 6 hours in the sun for three days before placing in your garden, so that they can become used to being outdoors.
There is no need for planting these flowers in any kind of raised bed but they do need a good drainage system. The anemone japonica craves water and nutrients but the soil must remain airy and semi dried for the plant to be healthy. You can insure proper drainage by placing smaller rocks and pebbles in the soil you are planting the flowers in. Mix the pebbles and soil together. This keeps the soil hydrated and airy at the same time, while keeping water away from the root system.
You will need to place these plants in partial shade. They do need a bit of sunlight every day but these plants do better in a cooler climate. Heat directly on these flowers can do damage to the blooms and even kill the plant. So to make sure they stay beautiful and healthy all year round, place them under a tree or bush type setting.
There are so many blooms and so much foliage associated with these plants that they may have to be staked while they are growing, especially if you live in a moderately windy area. The stems can become frail if they have to fight to stand up, so place a thin stake right behind the plant and use a cotton rag to lightly tie up the beginner plants. Never tie the rags too tight for the plant grow and move. Leave the ties on until the plants are able to hold up their own weight.